Free Wildlife Drive tram tours at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge – during spring, tours go at 10am on Wednesdays and 2 pm Saturdays and Sunday, weather permitting. Hours will change each season.
The Refuge lands are open daily, Sunrise – Sunset
Refuge Office Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 4pm, Closed Federal holidays
Visitor Center Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 4pm, Saturdays: 9am – 4pm, Sundays: 1pm – 5pm. Reduced hours on Federal holidays, Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Nature Nook Book & Gift Shop Monday – Saturday: 9am – 4pm, Sundays: 1pm – 5pm
Refuge Tel #: 903-786-2826
Address: 6465 Refuge Road. Sherman, TX 75092
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At Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Canada, snow, white-fronted, and Ross’ geese along with pintail, mallard, gadwall and other ducks use refuge impoundments and fields as stop-over and wintering grounds. Just 75 miles north of Dallas where the Red River etches the boundary between Oklahoma and Texas, migratory birds by the thousands take up winter quarters or refuel for long journeys. Some species spend the entire winter ‘loafing’ on the refuge, including, Ross’s, Greater White-fronted and Canada Geese. At times, as many as 10,000 geese can be seen in one field. Ducks such as mallards, northern shovelers, green-winged teal, and northern pintail are commonly seen on refuge waters during fall and winter months.
Although they take top billing, birds are not the only attraction. Colorful wildflowers and prairie grasses provide seasonal food and shelter for wildlife. Butterflies, meadowlarks, and dragonflies flutter through the summer landscape. Bottomland hardwoods along the creeks attract a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, bobcats, river otters, turtles, and fox squirrels. Listen for the howl of coyotes at dusk.
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge was established on lands originally purchased by the U.S. Department of Army Corps of Engineers (COE) for the Denison Dam Project-known today as Lake Texoma. Being located in the Central Flyway, one of four migratory bird “super highways”, was an important factor in deciding to create a refuge here. The refuge lies just on the Texas side of the Red River, which divides the Lone Star State from Oklahoma. This region is where the gently rolling blackland prairies meet the hilly terrain of the eastern cross timbers. Of the nearly 12,000 acres that make up the refuge, about 8,700 acres are uplands and the remaining 2,600 acres are wetlands. This diversity of habitat, actively managed by refuge staff, creates ideal conditions for a wide variety of wildlife and plants.
On national wildlife refuges, wildlife comes first. The establishment purpose of the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is to provide and manage habitat for migratory birds, wildlife, and plants native to this area, and to provide opportunities for outdoor recreation that is compatible. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of opportunities to explore and enjoy the great outdoors from sunrise to sunset every day. Hike one of five trails, fish, observe and photograph wildlife, or hunt during one of the seasons for small game or deer.
In addition, free monthly nature programs for adults and for children are offered, tours of Wildlife Drive aboard an open air, all-electric tram, and activities may be scheduled for small groups such as clubs, Scouts, etc..